If you’re a Shauna Niequist fan you may remember a chapter she wrote in Bittersweet called Things I Don’t Do.

It’s one of those chapters that has stuck in my mind for years and I come back to it again and again when I’m feeling like I just can’t keep up.

Now more than ever there is pressure to do more.

To do everything.

With blogs, Pinterest and social media we have a glimpse into so many unique lives.

I see friends do amazing things all week long – taking trips, making art, going on adventures, the list goes on…

While I love the opportunity to see more of people’s lives, it can be a bit disillusioning at times.

Without taking the time to filter what we see it can easily feel like we should be doing all the things everyone else is doing.

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It’s not all bad. It’s a gift to be inspired. But every so often I have to come back to who I am and remind myself of  the things I do and the things I don’t do.

In the same way, I never want you to believe that I do it all.

If you ever think “how in the world does she find time to exercise, write and make fresh smoothies every day?” remember, that’s what I do! There are a hundred other things I don’t do.

So here’s a short list of things I don’t do…

  • I don’t garden. I don’t even try. I love the idea of it and I like to think that I will some day but I have no idea how I’d find the time to keep a garden alive.
  • I don’t do crafts. Every once and awhile I’ll get on a DIY kick and make something for the home, but most of the time I’d rather buy it at Target.
  • I don’t sew. I don’t even know how to sew a button.
  • I don’t shop. It’s kind of sad actually. I should work on this one. I rarely, rarely buy new clothes. But I love reading fashion blogs and pinning outfits like it’s my job. :)
  • I don’t go to the gym. I don’t own a gym membership and don’t really desire one.
  • I don’t bake. Again, I love the idea of it and I think about doing it. But I don’t even own a bag of sugar. Or baking soda. Or whatever else you need to bake from scratch.
  • I don’t do home repairs or clean my car as often as I should.
  • I don’t use coupons. I try and I fail. I always forget.

It’s incredibly liberating to write that list. I encourage you to make one of your own.

One of the things I love about getting older is weeding out the things that don’t bring life and focusing on the things that do.

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I run, I teach and do Pilates, I go for walks, I write, I lead an amazing community of online women, I take care of my baby, I breastfeed, I cook, I eat well, I use natural products, I spend time with friends & family, I go to church and I sleep 8 hours a night. That’s what I do.

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What about you, what are a few things you don’t do?

xo,

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PS – you may also like Less Pinning, More Doing and A Day In The Life.

PPS – I highly recommend Bittersweet if you haven’t read it yet.